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2015 IRS AFSP CE 8 Hour - Personal Income Tax Return

In order to obtain the IRS Annual Filing Season Program Qualification you will need to successfully complete our 15 Hour IRS Continuing Professional Education Tax Course (prorated for 8 hours for the 2015 tax season). This 2015 tax course (IRS Provider # JK8E2) is designed for Tax Preparers who are considered credentialed or exempt tax preparers by the IRS and who want to be a part of the IRS Annual Filing Season Program and are not required to complete the Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course (AFTRC) as part of their continuing professional education requirement. This 15 hour continuing education course (prorated to 8 hours for the 2015 tax season) will review the personal income tax return and includes 10 hours of federal law (prorated to 3 hours for the 2015 tax season), 2 hours of ethics and 3 hours of Federal Updates, per IRS guidelines.

IRS General Tax Preparer Requirements

The IRS requires all paid tax preparers to sign up with the IRS, pay a registration fee and obtain a preparer tax identification number (PTIN).  All tax preparers will need to renew an existing PTIN annually.  Enrolled Agents have separate requirements, Click Here to learn more.  Please note, residents of California, Oregon, New York and Maryland have separate state requirements.  Click the link to learn more about each states specific requirement.

IRS Annual Filing Season Program Continuing Education Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service requires an individual to possess a valid PTIN and to complete 18 credit hours of continuing education (prorated to 11 hours for the 2015 tax season).  The Annual Filing Season Program record of completion is available each year from June 1 - December 31st and each year thereafter. The 18 credit hours would need to include 6 hours of an Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course with a knowledge based comprehension test, 10 hours of Federal tax law topics (prorated to 3 hours for the 2015 tax season) and 2 hours of Ethics. The program is directed to preparers who are not attorneys, CPAs or enrolled agents. Tax return preparers who have successfully completed one of the following national or state tests would be exempt from taking the Annual Federal Tax Refresher course with a comprehension test:

  • Registered Tax Return Preparers
  • Oregon/California/Maryland and other state based return preparer testing programs
  • Accredited Tax preparer test offered by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy/Taxation
  • Part 1 of the Special Enrollment Exam during the 2 year eligibility window
  • Successful Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program reviewers an instructor

If a credentialed tax professional (CPA, attorney, enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, enrolled actuary) or the exempt group listed above wants to be a part of the IRS Annual Filing Season Program, he/she must have 15 hours of continuing education from an IRS approved provider (prorated to 8 hours for the 2015 tax season). The 15 credit hours (prorated to 8 hours for the 2015 tax season) will need to include 3 hours of Federal tax updates, 10 Hours of Federal tax law topics (prorated to 3 hours for the 2015 tax season) and 2 hours of Ethics. No CE credit will be given to Enrolled Agents for completing an AFTR course. The 18 credit hours must include 6 hours of an Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course with a knowledge based comprehension test, 10 hours of Federal tax law topics (prorated to 3 hours for the 2015 tax season) and 2 hours of Ethics. The program is directed to preparers who are not attorneys, CPAs or enrolled agents.

Once you complete the IRS Annual Filing Season Program continuing education tax course,  you will receive a Certificate of Completion.  Platinum will then report your completion to the IRS electronically.  Once the tax preparer has met all three requirements for the AFSP (renewed their PTIN, taken appropriate amount of continuing education, completed and passed the AFTR course/test if required), a record of completion will be available in the PTIN holder's online IRS account for printing.  Any "unenrolled" preparer not already bound by Circular 230 will need to sign an agreement to follow sub-part b of Circular 230 before being able to print the certificate from the Internal Revenue Service.  There will be no cost to the preparer for the AFSP record of completion. The IRS will then list AFSP tax preparers in their public database including the tax preparer's credentials.

About the IRS Annual Filing Season Program Continuing Education Tax Course

The IRS Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) CE Tax Course includes three hours of federal tax updates (IRS course #JK8E2-A-00038-14-S), ten hours of federal tax law (prorated to 3 hours for the 2015 tax season) (IRS course #JK8E2-T-00039-14-S), and two hours of ethics (IRS course #JK8E2-E-00024-14-S), per the required IRS guidelines. The Internal Revenue Service requires for credentialed or exempt tax preparers to possess a valid PTIN as well to complete 15 credit hours of continuing education (CE) annually by December 31st (prorated to 8 hours for the 2015 tax season) using an IRS Approved Provider to maintain and receive the Annual Filing Season Program record of completion.  Our IRS CE Tax course meets the IRS' requirement.

The IRS CE 15 hour tax course (prorated to 8 hours for the 2015 tax season)
 is actually three tax courses in one. Tax Course #1 covers the personal income tax return, form 1040. Topics include non-business income, adjustments to income, credits and tax payments (IRS course #JK8E2-T-00039-14-S) and provides ten hours of CE credit (prorated to 3 hours for the 2015 tax season). Tax Course #2 covers personal tax return updates. Topics include the non-business energy property credit, Individual Retirement Accounts, capital gains (including the new form 8949), and the first-time home buyer credit (IRS course # JK8E2-U-00001-14-S) and provides three hours of CE credit. Tax Course #3 covers ethical issues for the tax practitioner. Issues involving the possession of tax records, charging of fees for the preparation of taxes and when is a tax practitioner acting in a disreputable or incompetent manner, are reviewed (IRS course #JK8E2-E-00024-14-S) and provides two hours of CE credit. The three combined courses will meet the 2015 IRS requirement for the number of CE credit hours including tax updates and ethics requirements. The reading material is built within the course with an option to print it out if you prefer to work offline A series of 150 quiz review questions will then test your understanding of key topics. In addition, one final exam of 75 questions will be given at the end of the course. All quizzes and tests must be passed with a score of 70% or better in order to successfully complete the 15 hours of CE credit (prorated to 8 hours for the 2015 tax season). 

Remember, Platinum Professional Services offers automatic grading, feedback on your missed questions, reading material conveniently located within each tax course and unlimited tries to pass the quizzes and final exam(s). We even offer full instructor support. The course is available to you six months upon registration. Learn 24/7, online and at your own pace. Best of all, your Certificate of Completion is emailed to you immediately following the successful completion of the tax course. Platinum will then report your completion electronically to IRS.

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2015 IRS AFSP CE 8 Hour - Personal Income Tax Return

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